User-driven Development of an Inquiry-Based Learning Platform: Formative Evaluations in weSPOT

Michael Bedek, Olga Firssova, Eliza Stefanova, Fleur Prinsen, Foteini Chaimala

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    This paper describes the formative evaluation activities that were designed and implemented during the development of the weSPOT inquiry based learning platform. With the ambition to provide a platform that supports a broad range of inquiry activities in accordance with end-users needs, an agile software development approach was followed as a process of co-design between practitioners, researchers and developers. The paper focuses on the design of end-user centric evaluation activities for fully exploiting the potential of agile development. A detailed overview of several case studies is presented to demonstrate how implementing a continuous evaluation cycle allowed to pinpoint and help resolve arising issues in a process of collaboration between technology development and pedagogy.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)122-139
    Number of pages18
    JournalInteraction Design and Architecture(s) Journal - IxD&A
    Publication statusPublished - 2014


    • Inquiry-based learning
    • Qualitative Evaluation
    • Cognitive Walkthrough
    • weSPOT
    • User-centric

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